Apple Cider Buttons

Welcome to day seven of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies on WLOW!  I’ve had apple cider mix sitting in my pantry for longer than I’d like to admit.  I bought it to try one time, and it was okay.  However, I never got around to making more hot cider.  Thank goodness I found the recipe for these Apple Cider Buttons.  They’re really easy to make and I just love the unexpected apple flavor.

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I’ve always liked Christmas, but it wasn’t my favorite holiday.  Halloween was.  I don’t know if it’s because I have kids now what, but I really want to make Christmas magical for them.  We don’t usually decorate the house too much for anything since we’re in rental, but this year I really want to make this place festive.  Eddie’s old enough now to understand the concept of Christmas and Santa, so I want to kick everything up a notch.

Apple Cider Buttons

Every year we go to this killer street full of Christmas lights.  It’s a cul-de-sac and you can either drive 5mph, or park and walk it.  But every house is decked out to the nines.  It’s actually in the HOA agreement for that street because it’s such a big deal each year.  The boys love it and it’s just fun to get out of the house and do something that make them so happy.  And it takes a little extra work because there is no snow to really usher in winter.  But this year is going to be the best.  Complete with letters to Santa, and lots of cookies!

Apple Cider Buttons

Apple Cider Buttons
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Serves: about 2 1/2 dozen cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant hot apple cider mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar, for rolling
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a Sil-Pat or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and 6 tablespoons sugar until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add cider mix and vanilla; mix to combine.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix until almost combined. Add milk, and mix until dough just comes together.
  4. Portion dough by the tablespoonful and roll into balls. Roll each ball in sugar and place on baking sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass, press the cookies flat.
  5. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until the edges are just beginning to brown. Remove from oven, let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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  1. Lia Bell says

    These cookies turned out fantastic both times I’ve made them!

    The first time I made them, I misread the recipe and put in the whole packet of apple cider mix instead of a tablespoon. It’s delicious. I also rolled them in cinnamon sugar instead of plain sugar (¼ sugar and a tablespoon of cinnamon).

    Some other notes:
    If you mix them by hand you will get a flatter cookie. Using electric beaters will get you a fluffy button shape. I lined my cookie sheet with foil. This prevents caramelized sugar from sticking to the pan and makes the cookies more crunchy on the outside.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • says

      I’m so glad you liked them! They’re on of my favorites, any time of the year. I love the idea of rolling them in cinnamon-sugar and amping up the cider flavor!

  2. Nanz says

    I look forward to making these cookies, they look so yummy. But what if you cannot find & get the “instant hot cider mix”? With what can you substitute it with? I have asked all my local stores & they haven’t heard about the hot cider mix, much less the instant version. So can you please tell me what I can use instead?? Thank you for time & delicious recipes! Please reply.

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